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Heart to Heart 'Caribbean Coral' Strap Leaf Caladium Caladium hortulanum

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Exposure
  • Part Shade to Shade

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
14" 10"
Height
12 - 14"
Spread
8 - 10"
  • Details

    Features

    I come from VERY good stock.

    Caladiums are generally divided into two different types - Fancy and Strap or Lance leaf types.  Fancy forms have heart-shaped leaves, while Strap forms have narrow foliage. 'Caribbean Coral' has white spots on a coral reef background which gives it a true tropical look. This Strap leaf type can tolerate up to 8 hours of morning sun and has broad applications in the landscape. It is especially nice as a border plant and works well in hanging baskets. It does best in shade to part shade. Caladiums are also generally considered to be houseplants, where they prefer bright light or a sunny window.

     

    Adaptable As Houseplant
    Foliage Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    12 - 14 Inches
    Spacing: 
    8 - 10 Inches
    Spread: 
    8 - 10 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Colors: 
    Pink
    Foliage Shade: 
    Deep Pink and Green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Shade to Shade
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Great in landscapes and containers and will grow well in sunny to partial shade locations. They can also be grown indoors as a houseplant where they prefer bright light or a sunny window.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Indoors:

    Caladiums can be a very nice windowsill or sunroom plant and for much of the United States and certainly in Canada this might be the best use for Caladiums. Since they are tropical they need to have warmth and humidity, try to always keep the temperatures above 65 F for best growth and leaf size, and a pebble tray or frequent misting can help to keep humidity up around your plants. If you live in a northern climate, be careful not to plant too early in spring as temperatures below 50F will chill and stunt plants, normal indoor temperatures should be fine and winter heaters usually dry things out a bit too much. So this can be a good guide for when to grow these Caladiums, when you turn the heater off for the summer.

    Plant tubers pointed end facing upwards, so the tuber is about 2” below the soil level, the roots form on the top of the tuber , so you need to plant them deep enough that roots have room to grow, but not too deep because it delays new leaves and weakens the plant. If your plants are already growing in pots when you purchase them, plant them about ½” deeper when you transplant them to make sure the tubers have room to keep growing.

    Caladiums do not need a lot of fertilizer, about ¼ of what most folks feed their flowering annuals, and too much fertilizer can burn the leaves especially the white portions of the leaf. So just fertilize with ¼ the strength what you normally do for your flowers and apply weekly or every other week.

    Keep plants in a sunny to partly sunny location and avoid burning hot southern exposures especially at higher altitudes.

    Keep soil in your pots moist at all times, wilting will cause leaves to yellow and drop, so just check to make they do not dry out!

    Outdoors:

    Since Caladiums prefer heat and humidity and do not tolerate cold, soggy soils, for most gardeners who live in the north will have best results in containers, as the soil in pots or planters warms up faster and has better drainage so plants will not become soggy. Remember for best growth always keep the temperatures above 65 F.

    A ¼ - ½ strength fertilizing every week or every other week is fine throughout the season, too strong a fertilizer can burn leaves, and since the leaves last all season you want to keep them looking fresh. Caladiums like to be moist at all times so avoid allowing them to dry out as it also causes leaves to yellow and drop.

    Where the Caladiums will do best depends a lot on your location within the US, since sunlight intensity varies depending on where you live here’s a quick reference to help guide to help you succeed.

    Region

    When to Plant

    Sun or Shade

    Containers or in the garden

    NW & NE United States & Canada

    Early summer

    Full sun - light shade.

    Caladiums do best in containers in this part of the country and usually need to be in a protected warm location for best results. Like a sunroom or warm patio setting. If growing outdoors select the warmest protected locations in the garden.

    SW United States

    Spring

    shade to light shade only

    Containers may be easiest but a shady, cool garden spot can also be lovely. Watch your watering to keep the plants from drying out. 

    Midwest

    Late Spring

    Light shade

    Containers are likely best, but a late spring planting into a protected shade flower bed will also be fine.

    SE United States

    Spring

    Shade to sun

    Both containers and garden plantings work fine, in the deep south Caladiums may even come back the following year if kept dry over the winter.

    Heart to Heart 'Caribbean Coral' Caladium hortulanum USPP 29,546
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